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Dr. Earl Reding Robbins


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Dr. Earl Reding Robbins Obituary
Robbins, Dr. Earl Reding
lived to be 90 years old and entered into heaven on April 26, 2016 to be with his Savior Jesus. He was born on June 29th, 1925 in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Laud Davis Robbins and Jewell Aileen Reding. Both parents were math and science teachers in the Santa Fe High School system. Earl and his older brother, Donald Kelly, attended their parents' classes. Both parents had strong feelings about right and wrong and to Earl and his brother, they were living proof of how people should live. Both parents considered a person's character and their word to be extremely important. Earl's first job was a part-time sales person at J.C. Penney's from 1942 until High School graduation in 1943. Then Earl entered into the US Navy, where he pursued electronics. After the Navy, Earl used his GI bill for college at Texas Tech, where he became an Electrical Engineer graduating in 1950. After graduation, Earl worked as an Electrical Engineer for General Electric for 11 years and received 2 waveguide patents. In 1957, he moved to Phoenix with the new Computer Division of GE and started working on his PhD and was an instructor. Then he decided to stay with teaching. Earl acquired his PhD in 1968 at Arizona State University and taught there for the next 24 years, first in the Electrical Engineering Department and then in the Computer Science Department until he retired in 1989 as a Professor Emeritus. Earl was also active in the IEEE going through all the elected chairs in the Phoenix Section and then became the Phoenix Section Chairman in the 70's. He was also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education. After retiring from teaching, he worked part time at Intel Corp. for 2 years and then did student advising for the Computer Science Department at ASU for another 2 years. Earl enjoyed being part of the Computer Science Department and predicted a bright future for the department at ASU. Earl loved his family very much and was very interested in the genealogy of the Reding and Robbins family. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce of the family home; his brother, Donald Kelly Robbins; 7 children and step children; Gary Robbins, Bruce Robbins (Louise), Carl Robbins (Kim), Nancy Gritis (Wayne), Marilyn Gillham (Darrin), Sandra DeVita (Michael), Cheryl Reinhold (Dale), sister-in-law Sue Richardson, brother-in-law Ronald Light; 16 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Interment took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. A celebration of Earl's life will be at Valley Presbyterian
Church on Friday, May 13th at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Earl Robbins to Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 8, 2016
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